My dad has one request this Christmas: Family recipe shortbread. I tried the very vague, handwritten recipe. (Written verbatim from my grandmother’s oral recipe. I can still hear a whisper of her voice when I read it.)

I made a test batch, and took it to my taste-testers. The mechanics at Tremblay said it was excellent. Hoagie (my mechanic is named after a sandwich!?) said it was the best shortbread he could remember eating. But there was something about the crumb that was a little too tough. So I tried again using regular flour instead of bread flour (I guess my grandmother meant all-purpose flour instead of pastry flour, but called it bread flour?) It’s pretty much perfect. It’s the taste of my childhood.

I’m proud of myself for deciphering the vagueness of the recipe. I think my dad is going to love it. He has his low-fat life, but I think if he rations this shortbread, he is going to be fine.

I cook and bake to show people I love them. I think Dad is going to feel loved. Or at least, he’ll know that the shortbread family recipe will live on.

7 Comments to “Shortbread.”

  1. By Alex, December 18, 2009 @ 4:45 am

    Sounds good! 😉

  2. By gen, December 18, 2009 @ 9:34 am

    He already knows you love him but he will definitely feel loved.

  3. By clara, December 18, 2009 @ 10:57 am

    chocolate covered bacon shortbread squeeeeee.

    I love that you can hear your grandmother’s voice when you read the recipe. That is shiver-worthy, in a good way.

  4. By Beth, December 18, 2009 @ 6:21 pm

    I hear my grandmother’s voice now when I comb my hair and see the pink scalp peeking through the white hair and then grandma is telling me that I need to comb my hairs and that maybe it’s time to get my hairs cut.
    Hair, in French is always plural – but you don’t pronounce the final “s” in French. Yes, I know that for hair it’s a final “x” but that’s not my point. I know why grandma made it plural in English, but if she’d neglected to pronounce that “s”, no one would have known.
    Ali Penknife – a character name perchance?

  5. By Liz, December 18, 2009 @ 11:55 pm

    Gen, I hope he will.
    Clara, I have been thinking about food a lot lately, it seems. Mmm! But my grandmother’s voice is a little comforting.
    Beth, I was handicapped by my inability to distinguish between cheveux and cheval. Plurality was the least of my French-talking-about-hair problems!

  6. By Stephanie, December 19, 2009 @ 8:38 am

    I think you should send me some shortbread.

  7. By Liz, December 19, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

    Stephanie, do you want the recipe? It’s easy without Gramma’s vagueness.

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